CATHY FOX The Murder of Childhood by Ray Wyre and Tim Tate

The Murder of Childhood by Ray Wyre and Tim Tate

Murder of Childhood by Ray Wyre and Tim Tate 1995 Penguin [1] 
This is the first book I have come across that tries to understand the mind of a paedophile. Why is this important? If we retrain a paedophile we help reduce the damage they may do to children.
The rate of reoffending is very high 99% for a convicted fixated paedophile. Nearly every paedophile is released, without supervision, so it makes sense to attempt to modify their thinking to address their aberrant sexual behaviour rather than letting them out of prison untreated, with their anger and abilities enhanced and with a greater network of paedophile friends than previously.  For those paedophiles offending but not caught yet, and those paedophiles not offending it helps if we understand what the different types of paedophile are, how they think and offend, so we can prevent them offending.
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The authors have 4 categories of paedophiles
1. Fixated paedophiles who have a steady level of illegal fantasising;
2. Binge offenders who binge fantasise and include many rapists and those driven by anger;
3. Sadistic offenders – whose sexual element was less important than the violence;
4. Those who insist they have no fantasies but in reality most were denying their fantasies for a reduction of punishment.
Many people would say what is the point just lock them away or kill them. Do not spend any money on them, spend it on the victims. However the point is that to understand them is to have the ability to work out their method of operation.
The book is about Robert Black, and a series of interviews the authors have with one of the worst serial killers who sexually assaulted his victims. It also exposes the failures of the police in not catching him far earlier, partly due to lack of computers, lack of joined up thinking, lack of understanding how paedophiles work, lack of manpower and will to deal with child abusers.

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Robert Black

If we do not try to understand paedophiles the book uses the analogy that we are all supposed to be very busy jumping in a river to rescue drowning children, yet no one is to do anything about the man just upstream who was pushing them in.
This book may make many people revisit their thinking on what we should do with paedophiles.
In that regard it is similar to The Paedophile Next Door shown on 26 Nov 2014 on Channel 4 and available to watch for 30 days [2]. As Ian McFadyen, a survivor of abuse states – the present sytem is not working, so it is time for a change. In the programme he meets a non offending paedophile, one who is attracted to children but sees it is wrong and wants a support network, not for a cure but for help to ensure he does not offend.
Both the book [1]  and the programme [2]  are well worth a look, as is the following video [3] on Robert Black
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.  National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
Related Links
[1] Murder of Childhood by Ray Wyre and Tim Tate 1995 Penguin ISBN: 978 0140247152
[2] Channel 4 The Paedophile next door -Only available until approx 24 Dec 2014
[3] STV The Documentary Robert Black Serial Killer
[4] STV The Documentary Robert Black Serial Killer
[5] Dispatches Channel 4 Robert Black ? If anyone knows where a copy of this is to be found please tell me
[6] ITV News Interview released
[7] 2013 Jan 16 BBC
[8] 2013 Jun 27 Belfast Telegraph
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused
[C] One in Four
[D] Havoca
[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post
[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog
This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email
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